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Casebook for Counseling: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons and Their Families

Casebook for Counseling: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons and Their Families

Sari H. Dworkin (Editor), Mark Pope (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-22171-5 September 2015 370 Pages


This captivating book contains 31 case studies that focus on what is said and done in actual counseling sessions with LGBTQQI clients, including diagnosis; interventions, treatment goals, and outcomes; transference and countertransference issues; other multicultural considerations; and recommendations for further counseling or training.

Experts in the field address topics across the areas of individual development, relationship concerns, contextual matters, and wellness. The cases presented include coming out; counseling intersex, bisexual, and transsexual clients; couples, marriage, and family counseling; parenting issues; aging; working with rural clients and African American, Native American,  Latino/a, Asian, and multiracial individuals; sexual minority youth; HIV; sexual and drug addictions; binational couples; work and career; domestic violence; spirituality and religion; sexual issues; and women’s health

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Foreword vii
Colleen R. Logan

Introduction ix
Sari H. Dworkin and Mark Pope

About the Editors xiii

About the Contributors xv

Section 1 Developmental Issues 1

Chapter 1 Sexual Minority Youth: The Case of Donald Wilson 7
Suzanne M. Dugger and Laurie A. Carlson

Chapter 2 Coming Out for Gay Men 23
John F. Marszalek and Edward P. Cannon

Chapter 3 Counseling Strategies With Intersex Clients: A Process-Based Approach 35
Theodore R. Burnes and Kate Richmond

Chapter 4 Counseling and Advocacy With a Gay Father, a Straight Mom, and a Transgender Adolescent 45
Stuart F. Chen-Hayes

Chapter 5 Counseling Older Gay Men 53
Douglas Kimmel

Chapter 6 Counseling Older Lesbians: The Case of Pat and Selene 63
M. Carolyn Thomas, S. Lenoir Gillam, and Paul F. Hard

Chapter 7 An Asian Indian Woman's Ethnic, Sexual, and Career Identity 73
Hemla D. Singaravelu

Section 2 Relationship Issues 79

Chapter 8 Lesbian Couples and Marriage Counseling 83
Colleen M. Connolly

Chapter 9 Desire, Love, and Shame in Gay Male Relationships: The Case of Tyler 91
Armand R. Cerbone

Chapter 10 Parenting Issues for Lesbian Couples 103
Susan Kashubeck-West

Chapter 11 A Reluctant Husband and Troubled Family 111
Connie Callahan and Shirley Cornett

Chapter 12 Counseling and Advocacy With An International/Dual National Same-Gender Couple and Family 119
Stuart F. Chen-Hayes

Chapter 13 A Therapist Expands Her Ideas About Relationships 129
Sari H. Dworkin

Chapter 14 Counseling Bisexual Clients: More Than the Sum of the Parts 137
Beth A. Firestein

Section 3 Contextual Issues 147

Chapter 15 Working With African American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer People 153
Ron McLean

Chapter 16 Native American and Gay: Two Spirits in One Human Being 163
Mark Pope

Chapter 17 "Why Did God Make Me This Way?" The Case of a Chinese American Gay Christian Man 173
Terry S. Gock

Chapter 18 Counseling Latin Gays and Lesbians 185
Samuel Sanabria and Ana Puig

Chapter 19 Multiracial/Multiethnic Queer and Transgender Clients: Intersections of Identity and Resilience 197
Anneliese A. Singh and Kirstyn Yuk Sim Chun

Chapter 20 Transsexual Case Studies: Transition Is Not the End of the Road 211
Randall D. Ehrbar

Chapter 21 Counseling With Rural Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons 223
Paul A. Datti

Chapter 22 Mario's Journey of Faith 231
Kathleen Y. Ritter and Anthony I. Terndrup

Section 4 Wellness Issues 241

Chapter 23 Sex and Lesbian Women 249
Joy S. Whitman

Chapter 24 Sexual Addiction and the Gay Male Client 259
Brian J. Dew and Misti A. Storie

Chapter 25 Counseling HIV-Positive Gay Men 269
David W. Hart

Chapter 26 Moving Through the Void: Counseling Gay Men With Histories of Chemical Abuse and Dependency 281
A. Michael Hutchins

Chapter 27 The Case of Eve: A Picture of a Lesbian Health Journey 289
Jane E. Rheineck and Catherine B. Roland

Chapter 28 Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy: Fact, Fiction, and Fraud 297
Douglas C. Haldeman

Chapter 29 Domestic Violence in Same-Sex Relationships 307
Connie R. Matthews and Peggy Lorah

Chapter 30 Using Psychological Assessment Tools With Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Clients 319
Jeffrey P. Prince and Michael J. Potoczniak

Chapter 31 When the Political and the Personal Collide: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People as Political Targets 329
Glenda M. Russell

Appendix A Competencies for Counseling Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Clients 341

Appendix B American Counseling Association Competencies for Counseling With Transgender Clients 345 See more American Counseling Association titles!